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Oct. 18, 2011

Boys' Rolex Junior All-America Teams unveiled

Twelve new players earned spots on the boy’s Rolex Junior All-America First Team in 2011, a year removed from a First Team that featured current college freshmen Jordan Spieth (Texas), Patrick Rodgers (Stanford), Anthony Paolucci (Southern Cal), Justin Thomas (Alabama), Oliver Schniederjans (Georgia Tech), Denny McCarthy (Virginia), and Michael Johnson (Auburn).

Shun Yat Hak of Lake Mary, Fla., garnered Rolex Junior All-America accolades for the third straight year and returns to the First Team after earning second-team honors in 2010. Like Hak, Billy Kennerly of Alpharetta, Ga., earned his third Rolex Junior All-America nod. He capped his junior career with first-team honors and is currently a freshman at Clemson.

The First Team also features five two-time Rolex Junior All-Americans. Cody Proveaux of Leesville, S.C., and A.J. McInerney of Henderson, Nev., were second-team selections in 2010, while Jonathan Garrick of Atherton, Calif., Zachary Wright of Phoenix and Motin Yeung of Orlando, Fla., were honorable mention Rolex Junior All-Americans last season.

A trio of Texans makes its debut as Rolex Junior All-Americans, as Connor Black of Houston, Brad Dalke of McKinney and Scott Scheffler of Dallas each earned nods to the First Team.

Parker Derby of Columbus, Ga., and Matthew NeSmith of North Augusta, S.C., round out the first-team selections and earned their first bid to the Rolex Junior All-America Team.


First-team Rolex Junior All-Americans

Connor Black, Houston, Texas (Class of 2014)
Black, 16, is a high school sophomore and climbed to No. 6 in the Polo Golf Rankings thanks to his win at the 2011 Western Junior Championship. He added four other top-10 finishes, including a third-place showing at the FJ Invitational, and posted a 3-1-0 record as a member of the Wyndham Cup West Team.

Brad Dalke, McKinney, Texas (Class of 2016)
, 14, is an eighth grader at Spring Creek Academy and is No. 4 in the Polo Golf Rankings, thanks to an historic win at the Thunderbird International Junior in May. At the age of 13 years, 9 months and 11 days, he became the youngest boys’ Invitational champion and the third-youngest boys champion in AJGA history. He added four other AJGA top-10 finishes on his way to the Rolex Junior All-America First Team.

Parker Derby, Columbus, Ga. (Class of 2013)
Derby, a junior at Brookstone High School, had a breakout year in 2011 winning the Bobby Chapman Junior. Ranked No. 12 in the Polo Golf Rankings, he also recorded two runner-up finishes at the Frederica Junior Open and the Bubba Conlee to earn Rolex Junior All-America honors for the first time in his career.

Jonathan Garrick, Atherton, Calif. (Class of 2012)
Garrick, 17, is a senior at St. Francis High School and has verbally committed to UCLA. A two-time Rolex Junior All-American, Garrick posted top-10 finishes at four of his tournaments in 2011.  A showing in the semifinals of the 2010 Polo Golf Junior Classic and runner-up finishes at the McArthur Towel & Sports Future Legends and The Junior PLAYERS Championship presented by TaylorMade-adidas Golf have earned Garrick the No. 7 position in the Polo Golf Rankings

Shun Yat Hak, Lake Mary, Fla. (Class of 2012)
Hak, 17, is a senior at Lake Mary Preparatory School. He holds the No. 1 spot in the Polo Golf Rankings on the strength of two 2011 victories. Hak captured the champion’s trophy at both the Rolex Tournament of Champions and the TaylorMade-adidas Golf Junior at Innisbrook hosted by Sean O’Hair. He also finished second at The PING Invitational and fourth at the HP Boys Championship at Carlton Woods. This marks Hak’s third nod as a Rolex Junior All-American.

Billy Kennerly, Alpharetta, Ga. (Class of 2011)
Kennerly, 19, is in his freshman year at Clemson University. The Mount Pisgah Christian School graduate earned first-team Rolex Junior All-America accolades on the strength of four top-5 finishes in AJGA competition, including a victory at the FJ Invitational. He recorded runner-up performances at the Thunderbird International Junior and the Exide Technologies Junior Open en route to his third nod as a Rolex Junior All-American.

AJ McInerney, Henderson, Nev. (Class of 2012)
McInerney, 18, currently holds the No. 3 position in the Polo Golf Rankings behind his win at The PING Invitational, which was one of five top-15 finishes in 2011. A senior at Coronado High School, McInerney has verbally committed to attend UNLV. McInerney tied for fourth at the Thunderbird International Junior and tied for fifth at the HP Boys Championship at Carlton Woods. He was a participant in the 2011 Wyndham Cup (West) and reached the Round of 32 at the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship.

Matthew NeSmith, North Augusta, S.C. (Class of 2012)
NeSmith, 18, a senior at North Augusta High School, has ascended to No. 5 in the Polo Golf Rankings on the strength of four top-three finishes in national junior golf competition. He began the season with a runner-up finish at the Jones Cup Junior Invitational, followed by a win at the Sea Pines Junior Heritage. Most recently, NeSmith finished third at The PING Invitational.

Cody Proveaux, Leesville, S.C. (Class of 2012)
Following his breakthrough victory at the 2010 Polo Golf Junior Classic, Proveaux recorded three straight runner-up finishes at AJGA Invitationals, including the Rolex Tournament of Champions. Ranked No. 2 in the Polo Golf Rankings, the Pelion High School senior also won the 2011 Junior PGA Championship and finished second at the Bobby Chapman Junior. Proveaux has verbally committed to Clemson.

Scott Scheffler, Dallas, Texas (Class of 2014)
Scheffler, 15, carded six top-10 finishes in national competition en route to first-team honors. A sophomore at Highland Park High School, his best finish of the season was a third-place showing at the Laredo Energy Junior at Traditions. He is No. 13 in the Polo Golf Rankings and posted a 2-1-1 record as a member of the 2011 Wyndham Cup West Team.

Zachary Wright, Phoenix, Ariz. (Class of 2012)
Ranked No. 11 in the Polo Golf Rankings, Wright began his summer with a win at the Winn Grips Heather Farr Classic hosted by Longbow Golf Club. A two-time Rolex Junior All-American, Wright finished third at the PING Phoenix Junior and fourth at the Junior PGA Championship. The Pinnacle High School senior is being named to the First Team for 2011 and has verbally committed to LSU.

Motin Yeung, Orlando, Fla. (Class of 2012)
Yeung, 18, is a senior at Windermere Preparatory School. He is currently ranked No. 10 in the Polo Golf Rankings and has earned Rolex Junior All-America honors for the third consecutive year. He began the year with a victory at the Jones Cup Junior Invitational and followed it with a tie for fourth at the Thunderbird International Junior. Most recently, Yeung finished in a tie for eighth at The PING Invitational.


Second Team
Lorens Chan, Honolulu, Hawaii
Henry Do, Ypsilanti, Mich.

Nicolas Echavarria, Medellin, Colombia
Jacob Fair, Monett, Mo.

Doug Ghim, Arlington Heights, Ill.
Beau Hossler, Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.

David Lee, Houston, Texas
Jim Liu, Smithtown, N.Y.

Nick McLaughlin, New Castle, N.H.
Taylor Moore, Edmond, Okla.

Luke Park, Fullerton, Calif.
James Yoon, Bradenton, Fla.

Honorable Mention
Kristian Caparros, Miami Lakes, Fla.
Corey Carlson, Green Cove Springs, Fla.

Yi Keun Chang, Walnut, Calif.
Daniel Chian, Covina, Calif.

A.J. Crouch, Jacksonville, Fla.
Branson Davis, McKinney, Texas

Zecheng Dou, Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.
Nicolo Galletti, Clayton, Calif.

Matt Gilchrest, Southlake, Texas
Kyle Kochevar, Glen Ellyn, Ill.

Hank Lebioda, Winter Springs, Fla.
Julian Lerda, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Vincent Martino, Southlake, Texas
Lee McCoy, Clarkesville, Ga.

Jordan Niebrugge, Mequon, Wis.
Zachary Olsen, Cordova, Tenn.

Michael Pisciotta, Alpharetta, Ga.
Eric Ricard, Shreveport, La.

Conor Richardson, West Palm Beach, Fla.
Corey Shaun, Encinitas, Calif.

Robby Shelton, IV, Wilmer, Ala.
Harrison Shih, Saddle River, N.J.

Adam Wood, Zionsville, Ind.
Taylor Zoller, North Charleston, S.C.